Thursday, October 10, 2013


On the last post, we got cocoa liquor, cocoa pasta or cocoa mass.
From cocoa mass we process further to the cocoa powder.

Cocoa mass or cacao liquor
First process is Pressing
The cocoa mass  are pressed on pressing machine.
We get liquid substance and solid substance.
The liquid substance is well known as cocoa butter or cocoa fat.
And the solid substance is well known as cocoa cake, cocoa press-cake or cocoa solids.

Pressing machine
Cocoa butter is a pale-yellow, edible vegetable fat. 
It is used to make chocolate, cosmetics (lipstick), ointment, soap, lotion, and pharmacheutical.
Cocoa flavor and aroma came from this butter.
Cocoa butter is a major ingredient in many types of chocolates (white, dark and milk chocolate).
Cocoa butter is one of the most stable fats known, that containing natural antioxidants.

Cocoa butter

Cocoa press cake is the raw material of many kind of foods, such as ice cream, cake, drink, biscuits, choco-cream and many more. 

Cocoa press cake
Second process is crushing.
The press cake is crushed on the machine until it look like a small grains.
Third process is pulverizing.
The small grains that already crushed will smoothed or pulverized in pulverizing machine until we get cocoa powder.

Fourth process is sieving.
In traditional method, we use sieve, but in big factories they use sieving machine.
The cocoa powder is sieved to get a smooth powder.

drying rack
Fifth process is drying.
The smooth powder will dried or aerated until it's water content under 1.5 percent.
Now... we are getting cocoa powder. 

Ready to be packed
The last process is packing.
For wholesaler we use big aluminum foil bag or paper sack.
For the retailer we use plastic bag or little aluminum bag.

Next we will make  chocolate bar.
I hope you enjoy this cacao talk.


  1. I didn't realise that it had to go through so much to produce the powder that sits on our supermarket shelves.

    1. Yea... sometimes we don't know, don't realize or maybe don't care about what happened before something be presented on our hand. Long process, and so many complicated steps.
      Thank you for coming by. have a nice weekend

  2. I do enjoy your story about cacao, you have done good work to show how the process works!

    1. I'm glad that you enjoy this series. I hope I can always share everything that I know or I do. Have a nice weekend

  3. Hello Endah, I've found your posts about growing and harvesting cocoa really fascinating and educational. I'll certainly remember this next time I have a cup of hot chocolate to drink or use cocoa in making a cake! It also makes me wonder about the first people to discover that it was possible to use the bean seeds in this way, so clever and inventive! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Caro. My father planting some cocoa tree on his garden. And about six years ago I followed a short course about growing and processing cacao. There were field trips to a cacao plantation and a home industry that processing cacao fruit. That was a wonderful and interesting trip for me. So...I'm glad that you enjoy this series. Have a nice weekend.

  4. Welcome Endah!
    Your posts of cocoa are very interesting.
    You showed a series of fantastic photos.
    I was with you today very early in the morning.
    I watched that post.
    I send birthday wishes ...
    Greetings from Polish far.

    1. Thank you Lucia. Please enjoy this 'cacao talk'. Have a nice weekend.

  5. I love reading your post. I never know it took so much just to get coco powder.

    1. Thank you and I'm glad if you love this post. There were a long and really complicated process to get cocoa powder. Don't miss the next post about making chocolate. Have a nice weekend.

  6. Very interesting proces! I had no idea there were so many steps and so many products.
    Are the pictures you show in your home or community? Where do you process your cacao?
    And thank you for visiting and commenting at my blog: tennesseecountryliving.blogspot.com

    1. I took the pictures about six years ago, when I followed a short course about cacao growing and processing. We were practicing step by step in processing cacao. My father also planted some cacao trees on his garden, just a few. Little farmers usually process the cacao until it become cacao beans. The advance process needs so many machines, it needs so expensive investment. So many farmers formed a little community or cooperation in order to stronger their bargaining position and to facilitate in processing their products. The price of the machines are too expensive for ordinary farmers. Thank you for coming. have a nice weekend

  7. Artikelnya sangat bermanfaat. saya tertarik ingin beli mesin pemasta cacao dan mesin pulverizingnya, saya hrus hub siapa ya Bu?